Jan. 29, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 29, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball had five players in double figures as they recorded their school-record eighth straight victory with a 75-65 win at Quinnipiac University Thursday night. The win improves the Pioneers to 13-4 overall and 7-1 in the Northeast Conference, marking the best start in school history. The Bobcats, who have lost two-straight at home, fall to 10-6 and 4-3 in the league.
Sacred Heart trailed just once on the night, when Quinnipiac senior Ashlee Kelly hit a jumper at 18:56 to give her team a 2-0 advantage. The Pioneers never looked back as freshman Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) answered with a lay-up followed by two three's and a lay-up by sophomore Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) to go up eight in the blink of an eye.
After a thirty second timeout, Quinnipiac came right back with a pair of Krystal Pressley free throws and a jumper by Sara Esidore. But like they did all night the Pioneers had an answer, and in the first half it was Rubino. The sophomore guard poured in 12 of her 15 points in the first 20 minutes hitting five of eight from the field. SHU built their lead to as many as 12 in the first half and held a 38-28 advantage into the break.
The Pioneers carried their first half intensity into the second half and despite several Quinnipiac rallies, never let the Bobcats within more than seven. SHU senior Ashley Kohl (Palmyra, PA) had a huge second half to lead her team. Kohl hit for 11 points, all in the second half, to find double digits for the first time since the second game of the season when she scored 13 against Lafayette.
Pape continued to show why she was one of the top rookies in the league, registering her third double double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The freshman also made five steals and handed out three assists. Rounding out the Pioneers in double digits was senior Kate Maher (Waterford, Ireland) who had 11 to go with seven rebounds and junior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) who had 11 of her own with three blocks. Tonight marked the first time this season five players have scored in double digits.
As a team, SHU shot 50.0% (25-50) from the field on the night but struggled from the free throw line. The Pioneers got to the line 33 times but hit just 20 (60.6%). Despite their shaky shooting at the line, Sacred Heart hit nine-of-10 in the closing two minutes to ice the game.
For Quinnipiac, senior Sara Esidore hit nine of 17 to score a team-high 20 points. Kelly recorded her 11th double double of the season with a 14-point, 10 rebound effort. Kate Keilty had 11 points with Krystal Pressley netting 10 in the loss.
The Pioneers are back in action this Saturday when they hit the hardwood to face Central Connecticut in a 2 pm start. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx